January 17th, 2013
11:11 AM ET
Wednesday night marked the return of "American Idol" with brand new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
We never imagined we could miss Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler so much.
For the first night, we were treated to auditions from New York City, where contestants rolled through offering up what was supposed to be their best for a shot at a golden ticket to Hollywood.
As you can imagine, there was much tension and disappointment. Oh, not so much from the singers, but from some of us viewers regarding Mimi and Minaj.
January 15th, 2013
09:27 AM ET
Fans should prepare for some changes when "American Idol" returns to Fox on Wednesday and Thursday this week, but one change they won't be seeing is a larger emphasis on hip-hop.
With Nicki Minaj joining the judges' panel last year, it was questioned if "Idol" would see an uptick in artists closer to Minaj's profile: rap artists who can also sing.
But, "American Idol" executive producer Lythgoe told CNN last week, he doesn't see that happening anytime soon.
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